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review 2017-03-22 21:34
Review: Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan
Sleigh Bells in the Snow - Sarah Morgan

I'm giving this book zero stars because I hated each character featured in the story and the writing was amateurish even though the author has an expansive backlist. It was all telling (the chemistry between hero and heroine was mentioned about a thousand times) and no showing with a cast of characters straight out of British chick lit audition room. Add in the never ending snow storms and picturesque scenes of Vermont at Christmas time so sweet it will give you a toothache, and it ends up being a boring book about horrible characters. The only reason I read the whole thing rather than DNF is because it can be used to fill in a challenge prompt. I am not going to read anything else by this author.

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text 2017-03-17 19:00
Friday Reads!
Sleigh Bells in the Snow - Sarah Morgan
Cat Trick - Sofie Kelly
Rick Steves Travel as a Political Act - Rick Steves
The Idle Parent: Why Laid-Back Parents Raise Happier and Healthier Kids - Tom Hodgkinson

Happy St. Patrick's Day to the Irish and Irish diaspora around the world. I can claim Irish heritage via my great-grandmother and great-grandfather who came to the US from Cork.

 

My hubby came back from his TDY and surprised me with volumes 3 and 4 of Saga; he found them at the BX at the base he was TDY and remembered I had picked up one and two. He also bought a crap ton of Italian wine.

 

Tonight and tomorrow is my farewell trip to London with two friends, one of which is leaving to move back to the US. We are staying at a Harry Potter themed B+B, going to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie, do a Harry Potter themed walking tour on Saturday, followed by a little lunch and a little shopping.

 

Here is what I am reading this weekend and into next week:

1. Finish Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan (print copy from personal shelves)

    I am only continuing with this book because it fits a Pop Sugar prompt. I am definitely not feeling Morgan's writing or the category-length story stretched out to a full book length plot line.

 

2. Cat Trick by Sofie Kelly (Kindle book via OverDrive)

     Another Pop Sugar prompt filler. A quick cozy mystery from an author I read before (another book in the series for Halloween bingo last autumn).

 

3. Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves (Kindle book via OverDrive)

    Yet another Pop Sugar prompt filler, but I have had this one on my OverDrive wish list for a long time. I admit that if Steves or Samantha Brown had not written this book, I probably wouldn't have given it a second look; but because I like Steves' work on TV, I am looking forward to how he might incorporate politics (international and/or domestic) into the arena of travel.

 

4. The Idle Parent by Tom Hodgkinson (Kindle book via OverDrive)

    One last Pop Sugar prompt filler. My Kindle is going to get quite the work out this week.

 

Also, I have at least three reviews to write, but just not feeling the writing vibes as much as the reading vibes.

 

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text 2017-03-10 19:44
Friday Reads!
Sleigh Bells in the Snow - Sarah Morgan
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game - Michael Lewis
Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire From Valley Forge to Afghanistan (General Military) - Scott McGaugh
In the Midst of Life - Jennifer Worth

I'm taking the kids on a day trip to a city we have never been to, so I will have six hours on a bus to read to my heart's content. I don't want to bring a library book (with the possibility of leaving or ruining library property on the trip), so I picked Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan off my physical TBR pile to read. The cover of my copy of the book is much different (less romance, more British chick-lit) than the one in the database. I will have In the Midst of Life by Jennifer Worth as a stand by if I finish the Morgan book before we get back to base (also from the physical TBR).

 

Currently reading Moneyball by Michael Lewis and it is great - a business book that is not about the financial world and is about one of my favorite sports. However, statistics play a MAJOR role in the storytelling, and it can be some dense reading (So. Much. Math.). So I am interspersing chapters from Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire from Valley Forge to Afghanistan by Scott McGaugh - a great military history read about medics, doctors, and nurses that went to war.

 

 

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text 2017-03-01 21:01
March 2017 Reading List
In the Midst of Life - Jennifer Worth
The Girl's Guide to Homelessness: A Memoir - Brianna Karp
Polio: An American Story - David Oshinsky
Three Fearful Days: San Francisco Memoirs of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire - Malcolm E. Barker
Major Conflict: One Gay Man's Life in the Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell Military - Jeffrey McGowan
The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade - Ann Fessler
Elegy for a Disease: A Personal and Cultural History of Polio - Anne Finger
Sleigh Bells in the Snow - Sarah Morgan
The Idle Parent: Why Laid-Back Parents Raise Happier and Healthier Kids - Tom Hodgkinson
Cat Trick - Sofie Kelly

This month I am focusing mostly on my physical TBR and library borrows. Some of the library borrows were books I "rescued" - they were about to be pulled from the shelves, deleted from the system, and boxed up for return. By borrowing these books, I extended their shelf life another 2 years.

 

1. Polio: An American Story by David Oshinksy (Pop Sugar prompt - On the TBR a long time)

 

2. 3 Fearful Days: San Francisco Memoirs of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire by Malcolm E. Barker (Diseases and Disasters; Pop Sugar prompt - Subtitle)

 

3. The Girl's Guide to Homelessness: A Memoir by Brianna Karp (Pop Sugar prompt - Difficult Topic) (Library Love Challenge)

 

4. Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire from Valley Forge to Afghanistan by Scott McGaugh (Pop Sugar prompt - set in wartime) (Library Love Challenge)

 

5. Major Conflict: One Gay Man's Life in the Don't - Ask - Don't - Tell Military by Jeffrey McGowan (Library Love Challenge)

 

6. The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler (Library Love Challenge)

 

7. Cat Trick (A Magical Cats Mystery)  by Sofie Kelly (Pop Sugar prompt - Cat on the cover) (Library Love Challenge)

 

8. Elegy for a Disease: A Personal and Cultural History of Polio by Anne Finger (Pop Sugar prompt - Disability) (Library Love Challenge)

 

9. In the Midst of Life by Jennifer Worth (Pop Sugar prompt - Interesting Woman)

 

10. Travel is a Political Act by Rick Steves (Pop Sugar prompt - Involves Travel) (Library Love Challenge)

 

11. The Idle Parent by Tom Hodgkinson (Pop Sugar prompt - Career Advice) (Library Love Challenge)

 

12. Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan (Pop Sugar prompt - Set in a Hotel)

 

13. Echoes in Death (...In Death #44) by J.D. Robb (Pop Sugar prompt - published in 2017) (Library Love Challenge)

 

14. Moneyball by Michael Lewis (Library Love Challenge)

 

 

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review 2017-02-07 18:05
From Manhattan with Love #1
Schlaflos in Manhattan - Stefanie Kruschandl,Sarah Morgan
Inhalt: 
Nette Freunde, ein riesiges Apartment, ein toller Job. Die Liste der Dinge, die eine junge Frau in New York erreicht haben sollte, hat Paige in allen Punkten abgehakt. Bis sie plötzlich von der Karriereleiter stürzt. Auf einmal ist der Bruder ihrer besten Freundin der Einzige, der ihr Leben wieder in Ordnung bringen kann. Schon früher hat sie vergeblich für den Draufgänger Jake geschwärmt – und je mehr Zeit sie mit ihm verbringt, desto klarer wird ihr, was auf ihrer New-York-Liste noch fehlt: Die perfekte Liebesgeschichte …
 
Meine Meinung:
Ich liebe Sarah Morgan und das nicht erst seit letzten Jahr, wo sie mich auf der LLC verzaubert hat. Sondern seit sie mich mit das erste Mal mit nach Snow Crystal nahm. Später hab ich Sommerurlaub auf Puffin Island mit ihr gemacht und jetzt gibt es BigCityLife a la From Manhattan with Love.
 
Ich würde jetzt gern behaupten, ich habe das Buch in einem Rutsch gelesen, doch das stimmt nicht - ich habe es in einem Rutsch inhaliert! 

Die 3 Freundinnen Paige (der Kontrollfreak), Frankie (die Pragmatische) und Eva (die Chaotische) sind sind mir gleich ans Herz gewachsen. Auch Matt (der überfürsorgliche Bruder) und Jake, der toughe Geschäftsmann und der beste Freund von Matt, haben sich gleich einen Platz in meinem Herzen reserviert.

Es hat einfach nur Spaß gemacht, dabei zu sein, wenn Paige und ihre Freundinnen lachen und weinen, wenn sie lieben und sich trösten. Alle drei sind auf ihre eigene Weise zauberhaft, verletzlich und stark. Ich habe fast 450 Seiten mit Paige gehofft und mit Jake gelitten. Der Zauber von New York  steckt in jeder Seite. Die Hoffnungen, die Risiken und die ganze Welt der Möglichkeiten, die man zwischen die Seiten eines Buches stecken kann. Dazu der Zauber der Liebe und der Erwartungen haben mir dieses Buch versüßt. Jede Seite habe ich genossen und am Ende habe ich traurig das Buch zugeklappt und traurig darüber nachgedacht, wie lange ich auf das nächste Buch der Reihe warten muss.

Paige und Jake sind ein tolles Paar, dem man von Anfang an ihr Happy End wünscht. Sie sind für einander da, bauen sich auf und zusammen können sie alle Hindernisse überwinden - sogar das die Schwester des besten Freundes tabu ist. 

Fazit: Mit Schlaflos in Manhattan konnte mich Sarah Morgan wieder in ihre Welt voll Romantik und Liebe entführen. Von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite war ich verzaubert von ihrem New York.


 
Source: schnuffelchensbuecher.blogspot.de/2017/02/sarah-morgan-schlaflos-in-manhattan.html
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